How to Make Cranberry Liqueur

How to Make Cranberry Liqueur - Andrea Meyers

We began experimenting with homemade liqueurs and infusions several years ago. Our first adventure was the Italian classic limoncello, which we made with both lemons and oranges (arancello), and since then we’ve made Polish krupnik and other concoctions that are now traditions for us. This year we decided to experiment with cranberries, because we look… 

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Polenta Toasts with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Port Cranberries

Polenta Toasts Recipe with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, and Port Cranberries - Andrea Meyers

I am generally not a fancy appetizers kind of gal, and in fact most of the time I am happy with hummus or some other dip, or nuts. You know, simple and tasty, not fussy. That all changes for the holidays. For Christmas parties I like the pretty stacked appetizers on crackers, baguette, or polenta… 

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Irish Coffee Eggnog

Irish Coffee Eggnog Recipe - Andrea Meyers

The weekend before Thanksgiving, I had an opportunity to visit The Enchanted Forest, a fundraiser for The Junior League of Northern Virginia (JLNV) to do some social media outreach for them. The event is their primary fundraiser for the year, and proceeds go to community programs that they support, including back-to-school health fairs and backpacks,… 

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Eggnog Cheesecake with Dark Rum and Biscoff Cookie Crust

Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe with Dark Rum and Biscoff Cookie Crust - Andrea Meyers

We turned on the Pandora Christmas station last week and began putting up Christmas decorations over the weekend. Yes, it’s time for some festive food and holiday parties, and time to bring on the eggnog in all forms, liquid or dessert. My family always has eggnog during the holidays, and I love to drink it… 

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Four-Day Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner, aka How to Keep the Crazy to a Minimum

Four-Day Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner, aka How to Keep the Crazy to a Minimum - Andrea Meyers

Thanksgiving is about week away, and you have 20 people coming on the big day. Well, even if you aren’t having 20 people over for dinner, having a plan for the day makes everything go much more smoothly, barring unforeseen disasters like dropping the turkey or burning the pie. Not that I’ve ever done anything… 

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Butternut Squash Au Gratin with Mushrooms and Bacon

Butternut Squash Au Gratin Recipe with Mushrooms and Bacon - Andrea Meyers

I think this post officially beats my record for the earliest Thanksgiving recipe, but I can’t help it; this butternut squash au gratin is just too good to wait until Turkey Day. Make it for Sunday dinner sometime with roasted chicken, turkey, or pork, and then again for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s definitely a keeper.